JanSt

Jailbreak and Root soon illegal? Sign the petition. Face jail.

"Three years ago, the Copyright Office agreed to create an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act so that folks could jailbreak their smartphones. But that exemption is about to expire."

Bad news from https://www.jailbreakingisnotacrime.org/

You can sign a petition at the address above.

Phandroid.com has a bit more info - for the lazy one I shall cheekily add a
bit here:

"Well, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (who filed for the original jailbreaking/rooting exemption 3 years ago) is on our side and is looking for supporters to help renew the law and keep hackers and modders out of our country’s prison system. It doesn’t just stop at smartphones either. The EFF is also pushing for tablets and video game consoles to be included in the exemption. Media relations director and digital right analyst for the EFF, Rebecca Jeschke had this to say,

“The law was never intended to limit legal activity with a device that was legally bought. It’s not good policy for consumers. The idea that you might face criminal charges because you altered your own property is totally unfair. The goal here is to make the law really clear.”
via http://phandroid.com/2012/01/25/will-rooting-your-smartphone-soon-be-illegal-not-if-we-can-stop-it/

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JanSt / MOD  Jan. 26, 2012 at 12:00

The good thing - this should answer the repeat question as to whether jailbreaking or rooting your phone buys you a ticket to the geek prison. No, currently it is legal, though it may nevertheless interfere with your device's warranty - a different kettle of fishy issues altogether.

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 26, 2012 at 12:39

More on this from the Electronic Frontier Foundation

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 26, 2012 at 16:31

Isn't rooting legal anyway, due to Android being open source? Anyway, it's not as if a jury of your peers would ever deliver a guilty verdict in such a case.

EDIT: I actually read the information in the links provided. Jan, you do realise this would only affect the US anyway?

JanSt / MOD  Jan. 26, 2012 at 17:54

yes, matt, but don't we get all those nice protective measures here, too, once they are the norm in the US? ;) Just ask Gary McKinnon or all the extraordinarily rendered folks ;)

matt101101 / MOD  Jan. 26, 2012 at 18:21

Unfortunately so, SOPA et al would in effect be as oppressive in the UK as it would be in the US due to our fantastically sh*t extradition treaty which we have with them.

I did notice both the Tories and the Lib Dems promised to change it....funny how neither bothered once they were holding the reins of power.

Brazil is lovely. Richer than the UK nowadays too.

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